Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Jose Cantu
PECOS _ Jose Angel Cantu, 70, a retired truck driver, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at William Beaumont Army Center in El Paso.
Rosary was said Tuesday at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Antonio Mena officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pearsall and was a lifelong resident of Pecos. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Brother, Eleuterio Cantu of Long Beach, Calif.

VaChari Carpenter
ODESSA _ VaChari Charman Carpenter, infant daughter of Charles W. Carpenter Jr. and Vanissa Johnson Carpenter of Fort Worth, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Gomez officiating. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
SURVIVORS: Parents; sisters, Chavani V. Carpenter and LaKenya L. Witt, both of Fort Worth; grandparents, Charles Carpenter and Alice Carpenter, both of Fort Worth; Dr. and Mrs. Permon Johnson of Stanley, Kan.; and great-grandmother, Birdia Hendley of Odessa.

Jesus Ornelas
PECOS _ Jesus Ornelas Sr., 74, a carpenter, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, at his residence.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 tonight at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Juan Narez officiating. Burial will be at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Balmorhea and had lived in Pecos since 1954. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Elisa Ornelas of Pecos; sons, Jesse Ornelas of Orange, Calif., James Ornelas and Jerry Ornelas, both of Odessa and Jeffery Ornelas of Irvine, Calif.; daughters, Helen Keen of Silver City, N.M., Elizabeth Wright of Odessa and Olga Ornelas and Sally Orona, both of Pecos; brother, Pedro Ornelas of Santa Pabla, Calif.; sisters, Inez Galindo of Pecos and Delfina Carrasco of El Paso; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frances Rush
COLEMAN _ Frances Livingston Rush, 84, a homemaker, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, in Coleman County Medical Center.
Services were held Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jeff Robinett officiating. Burial was at Talpa Cemetery. Arrangements by Walker Funeral Home in Coleman.
She was born in Coleman County and was a lifelong resident of western Coleman. She was a Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Tommy Rush of Talpa and Mike Rush of Odessa; daughters, Peggy Blake of Midland and Ginger Sneed of Talpa; sisters, Virginia Gustavus of Abilene; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Alice Sullivan
ODESSA _ Alice Mae Sullivan, 86, an accountant/bookkeeper, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Odessa Cemetery with Dr. Jay Tripp officiating. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Los Angeles and had lived in Odessa for 22 years. She was a member of the Protestant church.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Mary Evelyn Tripp of Odessa and Patricia Ellen Brookshire of Woodland, Calif.; brother, Clyde Wilburn of Long Beach, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Jo Weschke
ANDREWS _ Jo M. Weschke, 63, a receptionist, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, at her residence after a lengthy illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McNett Funeral Home with the Revs. John Snider and Bob DuPont officiating. Burial will be at the Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
She has been a resident of Andrews since 1963.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Bill Weschke of Andrews; sons, Ralph Weschke and Craig Weschke, both of Andrews; brother, Roy Tunnell of Spring; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

VaChari Carpenter
ODESSA _ VaChari Charman Carpenter, infant daughter of Charles W. Carpenter Jr. and Vanissa Johnson Carpenter of Fort Worth, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Rosehill Cemetery with the Rev. Johann Neethling officiating. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Charles W. Carpenter Jr. and Vanissa Johnson Carpenter of Fort Worth; sisters, Chavani V. Carpenter of Fort Worth; LaKenya L. Witt of Fort Worth; grandparents, Charles and Alice Carpenter of Fort Worth; Dr. and Mrs. Permon Johnson of Stanley, Kan.; and great-grandmother, Birdia Hendley of Odessa.

Opal Connely
ODESSA _ Opal Connely, 86, of Odessa, a retired Furr's cafeteria employee, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1997, in Odessa.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Hubbark-Kelly Chapel with the Rev. David Henry officiating. Burial will be in Ector County/Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Coleman County and moved to Odessa in 1952 from Ballinger. She was a member of the Assembly of God church.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Marie Walker of Odessa; Hazel Bushong of Odessa; Ethel Reid of Odessa; brothers, Truman Connely of Seminole; and Scott Connelly of Odessa.

Nettie Fletcher
COMANCHE _ Nettie Gertrude Acker Fletcher, 99, of Dover, Tenn., died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, in Dover.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mercer Gap Church. Burial will be in Mercer Gap Cemetery. Arrangements by Hall & Sons Funeral Home.
She was born in Gorman, and lived in Odessa for 54 years until 1971.
SURVIVORS: Sons, George O. Fletcher of Eastland; Owen Charles Fletcher of Dover, Tenn.; Ira Wilborn Fletcher of Odessa; and 12 grandchildren.

Gladys Goins
ODESSA _ Gladys Maude Goins, 87, retired secretary, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at Deerings Nursing Home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Curtis Brewer officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Gorman and had lived in Odessa since 1951. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Brother, Clyde Tankersley of Odessa.

Charles Hudson
WICKETT _ Charles Hudson Jr., 61, superintendent of City Water Department of Wickett, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at Ward Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Allie Balko. Burial will be in Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Kodol, W.Va., and was a 37-year resident of Wickett. He was U.S. Army veteran. He was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nelda Hudson of Wickett; sons, Lyle Hudson of Wickett; Cary Hudson of Japan; daughter, Pam Claborn of Wickett; brother, Vaughn Hudson of Middlebarn, W.V.; sisters, Shirley Ponder of Kiowa, Okla.; Barbara Rine of Bender, W.V.; Karen Sellers of New Martinsville, W.V.; and six grandchildren.

Tony Hurta
JAL, N.M. _ Tony Hurta, 89, of Hobbs, N.M., died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village.
Mass will be clebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with the Rev. Valentine Jankowski officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Burial will be in Jal Cemetery. Arrangements by Calvary Funeral Home in Eunice.
He was born in Starkville, Colo., and moved to Jal in 1937. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Betty Hurta of Jal, N.M.; son, John Robert Hurta of Hobbs, N.M.; daughter, Norma Jean Engman of Durango, Colo.; sisters, Ann Adams of Alvin; Louise Loff of Palacios; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pearl Lane
ODESSA _ Pearl Lane, 82, of Odessa, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with the Rev. David Henry officiating. Burial will be in Ector County/Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Coleman County and moved to Odessa in 1952. She was retired from Furr's Cafeteria. She was a member of the Assembly of God church.
SURVIVORS: Son, Billy Lane of Odessa; sisters, Marie Walker of Odessa; Hazel Bushong of Odessa; Ethel Reid of Odessa; brother, Truman Connelly of Seminole; Scott Connelly of Odessa; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Stockburger
FORT STOCKTON _ Donald R. ``Don'' Stockburger, 63, sheriff's deputy for Pecos County, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, in Odessa after a lengthy illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Church of Christ with Harold Durham officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and had lived in Fort Stockton since 1968 after moving from Sweetwater. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Janice Stockburger of Fort Stockton; son, Scott Stockburger of Austin; daughter, Kim Stockburger of Fort Stockton; sisters, Donna Parker of Shell Lake, Wisc.; Evelyn Smith of California; and Judy Campbell of California.

Woody Wilson
GRANBURY _ Woody Wilson, 81, retired leadman for Texas Electric Service Co., of Granbury, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, at Granbury Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Martin's Chapel with the Rev. Gene Hadley officiating. Burial will be in Holly Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements by Martin's Funeral Home in Granbury.
He was born in Eastland County, and had lived in Granbury since 1978. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Pat Wilson of Granbury; and sister, Donnie Webb of Eastland.

Manuel Andrade
ODESSA _ Manuel Andrade Sr., 69, a cement layer, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Martinez Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Durango, Mexico, and had been a resident of Odessa for 33 years. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Maria Andrade of Odessa; sons, Manuel Andrade Jr. and Job Andrade, both of Odessa and Adan Andrade of Midland; daughter, Elva Aguirre of Odessa; mother, Aurora Argon of Durango, Mexico; brothers, Abelardo Andrade, Benigno Andrade, Casiono Andrade, Aurelio Andrade and Edjuardo Andrade, all of Durango, Mexico; sisters, Juana Andrade, Antolina Andrade and Consuelo Andrade, all of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.

Odessa Boner
KERMIT _ Odessa Boner, 79, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Baptist Temple Church in Kermit with the Rev. Ricky Alton Durham officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born in White Flat and was a resident of Kermit for 53 years. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Stanley Don Boner of Kerrvill, Roger Thomas Boner of Snyder and Robert Ray Boner of Odessa; daughters, Billie Wanice Durham, Margaret Sue Allford and Phyllis June Shropshire, all of Kermit; brothers, James Elmore of Lovington, N.M., and Fred Elmore of Van Horn; sisters, Etta Smith and Mozelle Cartwright, both of Amarillo; Florence Calloway of Austin; numerous grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

David Fulton
PAMPA _ David Ray Fulton Sr., 54, a truck driver, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997.
Services were held Sept. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Lefors with the Rev. Lewis Ellis officiating. Burial was in Alanreed Cemetery in Alanreed. Arrangements by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home.
He was born in Alanreed and moved to Odessa in 1966 then to Rankin in 1974 and finally to Pampa in 1993. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lavern Fulton of Pampa; sons, David Ray Fulton Jr. of Midland, Kenneth Fulton of Rankin and Randy Fulton of Odessa; parents, Euil Fulton and Lois Fulton, both of Alanreed; brothers, Donald Gene Fulton of Clarendon and Billy Joe Fulton of Lefors; sisters, Pat Curtin of Sunray and Lois Vivian Turner of Lowell Ark.; and seven grandchildren.

R.E. McCain
PAMPA _ R.E. ``Mac'' McCain, 72, a maintenance man, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, in Amarillo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Delbert White officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Carmichael Funeral Directors.
He was born in Paducah and moved to Pampa in 1943. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ruby McCain of Pampa; sons, Kevin McCain of Houston and Ronnie McCain of Pampa; daughter, Lavonna Thronburg of Dumas; brother, Oaty McCain of Pampa; sister, Lola Mae River of Ojai, Calif.; stepdaughters, Brenda Windship of Richwood and Linda Choate of Enid, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jewell Prickett
HENDERSON _ Jewell Gracie Prickett, 88, a homemaker, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, at Avalon Nursing Center.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Henderson with the Rev. Sara Barberee officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Coushatta, La., and was a resident of Odessa. She was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Son, S.G. Prickett Jr. of Odessa; daughter, Geraldine Wilkerson of Odessa; brother, Billy Ray Hicks of Houston; sisters, Lois Markham and Myrtis Connelley, both of Houston; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Alifonsa Rodriguez
ODESSA _ Alifonsa Barrera Rodriguez, 50, a food service worker at Cavazos Elementary School, of Odessa died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, in Odessa.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Juan Gaona officiating. Burial will be at Ector County/Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Pecos and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Elifonso Rodriguez of Odessa; sons, Elifonso Rodriguez Jr. and Luis Rodriguez, both of Odessa; daughters, Delma Rodriguez, Dolores Rodriguez, Diana Rodriguez and Delilah Rodriguez, all of Odessa; and one grandchild.

Rhonny Bumgardner
ODESSA _ Rhonny Glenn Bumgardner, 42, a truck driver, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bobby Phillips officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Oklahoma City and moved to Odessa in 1956 from Oklahoma City.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Iva Bumgardner of Odessa; brother, Bill Bumgardner of Leavensworth, Kans.; and sisters, Beulah Cates of Danbury and Pam Richter of Odessa.

Andres S. Gomez
FORT STOCKTON _ Andres S. Gomez, 83, a farmer and rancher, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, in Fort Stockton.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Fort Stockton Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Jim Chaumont officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in San Vinciente and moved to Fort Stockton in 1940 from Mexico.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Francisca Gomez of Fort Stockton; son, Daniel Gomez of Fort Stockton; sisters, Felesita Gomez of Midland and Gregoria Martinez of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Art Medley
ODESSA _ Art Wilburn Medley, 98, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, at Odessa Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Robert Fletcher officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Lebanon, Mo., and moved to Odessa in 1936 from Kermit. He was a Army veteran of World War II.

Ronny Nevels
KERMIT _ Ronny James Nevels, 22, a certified nurse, of Hale Center, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene in Kermit with the Rev. Cecil Kimberlin officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
He was born in Gladewater and had lived in Hale Center for three months after moving from Kermit.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Joy Nevels of Coleman; son, Tyler Lee Nevels of Coleman; daughter, Ashley Nicole Nevels of Coleman; mother, Sheila Harding of Kermit; brothers, Joe Don Nevels of El Paso and Kenneth Shawn Turner of Kermit; and grandmother, Dollie Hammers of Longview.

Eddie Schoolcraft
MIDLAND _ Eddie Schoolcraft, 55, an employee of Walker Engineering, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, in Stanton.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Midland and had been a resident of Stanton since July 1997. He was a Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Carolyn Schoolcraft of Stanton; son, Robert Alan Schoolcraft of Richardson; daughter, Kelly Allred of Stanton; brothers, Charles Afton Schoolcraft and Louis Jay Schoolcraft, both of Midland, Michael Ray Schoolcrafft of Gilmer and George Eldred Schoolcraft of Snyder; sisters, Billie Marie Echols of San Antonio, Joy Arlene Ruckman of Midland, Leona Faye Browne and Nelda Rose Browne, both of Colorado City and Martha Lynn Dillard of Snyder.

Clyde Walker
ODESSA _ Clyde Walker, 64, a retired oil field worker, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Stewart McWilliams officiating. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Woodrive, Ill., and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Nephews, Danny Walker and Mark Walker, both of Odessa, Jerry Walker of El Paso, Tony Walker of Abilene and Paul Walker of Bangs; and niece, Beverly Walker.

Ann Whisenhunt
ANDREWS _ Ann Whisenhunt, 56, a homemaker, died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at her residence after a lengthy illness.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Andrews West Cemetery with the Rev. Owen Sharp officiating. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
She was born in Atlanta, Ga., and moved to Andrews in 1983.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Derwin G. Whisenhunt of Andrews; daughter, Lisa McQuitty of Andrews; mother, Margaret Hall of Jonesboro, Ga.; brothers, Ray Hall and Bobby Hall, both of College Park, Ga.; sisters, Pat Hessler of Sharpsburg, Ga., and Linda Deere of Yuma, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

Hugh Wilson
ANDREWS _ Hugh ``Corky'' Wilson, owner of Corky's Unique Furniture Store, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, at Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at McNett Funeral Home Chapel with Nita Bearden and Dan Galloway officiating. Burial will be at Andrews Old Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by McNett Funeral Home, Inc.
He was a lifetime resident of Andrews.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Donnie F. Wilson of Andrews; son, Ricky Wilson of Austin; daughters, Ellen DeMasi of Seattle, Wash., Vicky Wilson of Hillsboro, Ore., and Nita Alexander of Andrews; brothers, James R. Wilson of Andrews, W.G. Wilson of Levelland and Gerald Wilson of Big Spring; and six grandchildren.


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